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A few men are sufficient to broach falsehoods, which are afterwards innocently diffused by successive relaters.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Falsehood always endeavors to copy the mien and attitude of truth.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

It is more from carelessness about truth than from intentional lying that there is so much falsehood in the world.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Large offers and sturdy rejections are among the most common topics of falsehood.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Many falsehoods are passing into uncontradicted history.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The crime of cowards.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Falsehood is for a season.
      - Walter Savage Landor

If there were no falsehood in the world, there would be no doubt; if there were no doubt, there would be no inquiry; if no inquiry, no wisdom, no knowledge, no genius.
      - Walter Savage Landor

If an ingenuous detestation of falsehood be but carefully and early instilled, that is the true and genuine method to obviate dishonesty.
      - John Locke (1)

Figures themselves, in their symmetrical and inexorable order, have their mistakes like words and speeches. An hour of pleasure and an hour of pain are alike only on the dial in their numerical arrangement. Outside the dial they lie sixty times.
      - Joseph Mery

A liar would be brave toward God, while he is a coward toward men; for a lie faces God, and shrinks from man.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

It is not without good reason said, that he who has not a good memory should never take upon him the trade of lying.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Start a lie and a truth together, like hare and hound: the lie will run fast and smooth, and no man will ever turn it aside; but at the truth most hands will fling a stone, and so hinder it for sport's sake, if they can.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

He who tells a lie is not sensible how great a task he undertakes; for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one.
      - Alexander Pope

The dull flat falsehood serves for policy, and in the cunning, truth's itself a lie.
      - Alexander Pope

The gain of lying is nothing else but not to be trusted of any, nor to be believed when we speak the truth.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

Every lie, great or small, is the brink of a precipice, the depth of which nothing but omniscience can fathom.
      - Charles Reade

Falsehood is susceptible of an infinity of combinations, but truth has only one mode of being.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

To tell a falsehood is like the cut of a sabre; for though the wound may heal, the scar of it will remain.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

Dissembling profiteth nothing; a feigned countenance, and slightly forged externally, deceiveth but very few.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!
      - William Shakespeare

Past all shame, so past all truth.
      - William Shakespeare

To lapse in fulness is sorer than to lie for need; and falsehood is worse in kings than beggars.
      - William Shakespeare

False as the fowler's artful snare.
      - Tobias George Smollett

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
      - Socrates

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